Tonight in MLB: Peavy set to make Giants debut

Tonight in MLB: Peavy set to make Giants debut
July 27, 2014, 11:15 am

The Giants acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox in exchange for two minor league pitchers on Saturday. (AP)

Jake Peavy was brought in to help San Francisco reach the postseason, and his first start for the Giants could return them to first place in the NL West.

A day after coming over in a trade, Peavy will try to help the Giants halt their three-game slide and overtake the division-leading Dodgers on Sunday night (8:07 p.m.).

With Matt Cain's return from right elbow inflammation unclear, San Francisco (57-47) acquired Peavy from Boston in exchange for two minor league pitchers on Saturday to help fortify a rotation that owns a 3.67 ERA.

"The impetus to execute the trade was accelerated by the news we got about Matt Cain becoming more and more tenuous," general manager Brian Sabean said.

The move reunites Peavy - a World Series champion with the Red Sox last year - with manager Bruce Bochy after they spent 2002-06 together in San Diego (see full preview)

Athletics at Rangers, 7:05 p.m.
The Oakland Athletics rebounded from a rare poor pitching performance by giving the ball to one of their 11-game winners and finding their power stroke offensively.

Now the A's are turning to their other 11-win pitcher as they go for the series win in Arlington.

Scott Kazmir looks to extend his outstanding stretch on the mound Sunday night when he tries to lead MLB-best Oakland to its eighth victory in nine road meetings with the baseball-worst Texas Rangers.

Oakland starters have the AL's lowest ERA at 3.14, including a MLB-best 2.21 mark since July 3. The A's, however, suffered a 4-1 loss in Friday's opener when struggling Jason Hammel allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings (see full preview)

Padres at Braves, 5:05 p.m.
Atlanta's slumbering offense woke up to get the Braves back in the win column, and it may have happened just in time considering Mike Minor's recent struggles.

The left-hander seeks his first home victory in over two months Sunday night when the Braves look to notch back-to-back wins in a four-game set against the San Diego Padres.

Atlanta (56-48) hit .196 during a 1-4 stretch to fall 2 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington before Freddie Freeman and Tommy La Stella led an 11-hit attack with three apiece in Saturday's 5-3 win.

Chris Johnson also drove in a pair of runs to help the Braves move within 1 1/2 of the Nationals, who lost at Cincinnati (see full preview).

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